Today's Birthday (08/18/14). With the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter (until 8/2015) in your sign, your star power grows. Don't singe anyone with your fire... balance with meditation and exercise. Changes require adaptation this autumn. Home duties keep you busy until after Saturn enters Sagittarius (12/23), bringing exciting diversions. Practice hobbies, sports and enthusiasms. Express what you love.
To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- It may feel like you're on your own. Circumstances deepen the mystery. Gather up windfall fruit. Your talents are in demand. Career expansion could include change. Stay persistent... messages get lost in translation.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Handle mundane tasks, housework and homework, and reduce stress while beautifying surroundings. This keeps the cash flow positive and everyone more comfortable. Maintain what you've achieved. Do the accounting. Reward yourself with delicious flavors.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Count the zeroes carefully. Misunderstanding or temporary overwhelm are possible. Complete a detailed transaction. Imagine your future and how you'd like it. It's a nice moment to surrender, and learn about love.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Share a tender moment, and renew a bond. Don't try to use logic on an emotional matter. It's not a good time to gamble... the potential for accidents is too high. Wait to begin.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- The social arena is where it all happens. Don't worry about saying the right thing or who's watching. Allow yourself to get inspired by music, art and beauty. Express yourself, with or without words.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Conditions seem unsettled. Who's really in charge? Stick to the truth... it's much easier. Get creative with a project, and stick to your budget. Abundance is available, and a rise in status.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- An adventure with friends hits the spot. Don't try to articulate dreams or visions. Just go on a walk or share something delicious. Learn a new trick together. Play for no reason.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Think of another way to communicate. Don't fall for something that sounds too good to be true. Reschedule a deadline. Support your partner, and the goodwill returns magnified. Check drainage and resolve plumbing issues.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Keep the most interesting things, and clear out unused clutter. You don't have to rub it in, when you're right. Work with your partner to realize a shared vision. Love triumphs again.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Keep paying your obligations. Spend a little. Wise investments gain value. Build and expand without fanfare. Provide excellent service, while balancing your own health and vitality. Support others by supporting yourself. Do it for love.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Don't talk about it; just get out and play. Take charge. Make messes and clean them. Get everyone to help. Feed your worker bees. Make sure they know how much you love them.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Talk over your work with family. Focus on priorities, and keep strengthening infrastructure. Give thanks for such abundance. It doesn't take flowers and candles for love to shine. Beautify your nest with simple touches.
(Astrologer Nancy Black continues her mother Linda Black's legacy horoscopes column. She welcomes comments and questions on Twitter, @lindablack. For more astrological interpretations visit http://www.lindablack.com and http://www.nancyblack.com)
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